High Res Blue­sound Gets Ma­jor Up­grade

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A new gen­er­a­tion of high res Blue­sound speak­ers has been an­nounced.

The Blue­sound Gen­er­a­tion 2i (Gen 2i) come with dual-band Wi-Fi 5, Ap­ple AirPlay 2 sup­port, up­graded Blue­tooth codecs, im­proved am­pli­fi­ca­tion and acous­tics and new pric­ing.

In to­tal there are seven new prod­ucts as part of its Gen­er­a­tion 2i multi-room fam­ily, along­side a 3.0 ver­sion of its BluOS con­trol app. All three of its speak­ers – the Pulse 2i, Pulse Mini 2i and Pulse Flex 2i – have un­der­gone vary­ing up­grades, as have the Node 2i streamer, Pow­ern­ode 2i streamer/ amp, Vault 2i net­work streamer and CD rip­per, and the Pulse Sound­bar 2i.

Up­dated fea­tures across the board in­clude Alexa Voice Con­trol, Ap­ple AirPlay 2 com­pat­i­bil­ity and dual band Wi-Fi, while all but the Pulse Flex 2i – Blue­sound’s small­est and cheap­est wire­less speaker – now ben­e­fit from two-way Blue­tooth to fa­cil­i­tate their use with wire­less head­phones.

While Blue­sound has taken its op­por­tu­nity to op­ti­mise each of its prod­ucts for sound qual­ity as well as adding new fea­tures, it is the Pulse 2i

Among the new range is the NODE 2i (RRP A$999) POW­ERN­ODE 2i (RRP A$1,549), VAULT 2i (RRP A$1,999), PULSE 2i (RRP A$1,599), PULSE MINI 2i (RRP A$999), PULSE FLEX

2i (RRP A$699), and PULSE SOUND­BAR 2i (RRP A$1,699 in Black, A$1,799 in White).

There are no changes be­ing made to the PULSE SUB (RRP A$999). All the Gen 2i mod­els will be of­fered in a choice of Black or White fin­ishes.

All mod­els will be avail­able from Novem­ber 2018, ex­cept for the PULSE SOUND­BAR 2i, which will fol­low in De­cem­ber 2018.

The two 7cm drivers from the Pulse 2 are out in favour of 25mm tweet­ers, and the 13cm woofer has been re­vamped and twinned for a true stereo con­fig­u­ra­tion that more than dou­bles its pre­de­ces­sor’s bass out­put while spread­ing the rich­ness of its tone high into the up­per reg­is­ter.

The Cana­dian com­pany has also up­graded its com­po­nents through­out, in­clud­ing the Pulse 2i’s pro­ces­sors, in its at­tempt to de­sign the ul­ti­mate hi-fi-ready multi-room speaker.

Pulse 2i

Pulse Sound­bar 2i

Pulse Flex 2i

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